“As much of the world grapples with a cultural moment of materiality, Your Progress Will Be Saved shines back the close-yet-far tension of being alone online, together.”
LaTurbo Avedon, on the debut of her (playable) installation at the “Virtual Factory,” Manchester International Festival’s virtual art gallery built using Fortnite’s creative mode

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“We hit a wall: how can we pick a single theme with so many concurring urgencies? What’s the longevity of a timely research topic in light of mutating global crises and rapidly evolving tech?”
– Team HOLO, on the conceptual questions surrounding the next print edition and how, eventually, a new research method was forged

Co-curated by Sean Sandusky and Dana Snow for Toronto’s InterAccess, “QUEERSPHERE” is an online exhibition inspired by Queer and Trans social media communities in the 2000s. A site where “imaginations, social groups, and worldbuilding are allowed to flourish outside of the pressures of corporatization and flat representation,” the show nostalgically evokes pre-NSFW content ban Tumblr and other platforms. Featured artists include Keiko Hart, Maxwell Lander, and Lucas LaRochelle (image: LaRochelle’s QT.Bot).

Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt use scientific data as material, dialing into and amping up the noise in natural systems to conjure abstract animations and visceral embodied experiences.

The link between new media art and knowledge work was writ large in Xerox Art. Kate Eichhorn’s 2016 book Adjusted Margin parsed the role the photocopier played in the 1970-90s NYC Art scene in meticulous detail, and this excerpt introduces the convergence of technological, economic, and aesthetic forces that shaped this under-documented niche genre (image: a page from David Wojnarowicz’s 1988 zine In the Shadow of Forward Motion).

“Provocative art can help push a useful dialogue about the role of technology in our daily lives. This art, however, fundamentally misrepresents Spot® and how it is being used to benefit our daily lives.”
Boston Dynamics, in a preemptive public statement after learning “that an art group is planning a spectacle to draw attention to a provocative use of our industrial robot Spot

After a 203-day journey traversing 472 million kilometers, NASA confirms the touchdown of its largest, most advanced rover on Mars. With a primary objective of astrobiology research, Perseverance will search for signs of ancient microbial life and collect Mars samples (to be returned to Earth in subsequent missions). Perseverance’s first image, sent shortly after touchdown, shows the view from one of its hazard cameras. “Hello, world. My first look at my forever home,” stated the rover’s (chatty) Twitter account.

“Message for Mr.doob 10 years ago: Yes, making a 3D engine using canvas2d is stupid. But in 10 years, you’ll watch a simulation in realtime of NASA landing a rover on Mars that uses that stupid code.”
– Computer graphics whiz Ricardo Cabello aka Mr.doob, reflecting on just how far his immensely popular JavaScript library Three.js has come

A purveyor of handcrafted digital aesthetics from yesteryear, emerging German artist Arno Beck releases a new series of 6-layer woodblock prints. Mirage (image) and Bird on a Wire were printed by Marginal Editions, New York, and are available from the artist.

“We designed GeForce GPUs for gamers!”
– VP of Global GeForce Marketing Matt Wuebbling, referring to how Nvidia are making their new RTX 3060 graphics cards less efficient for mining Ethereum, so more cards end up in the hands of gamers. GeForce cards have been scarce in the last few months, and Nvidia doesn’t want miners hoarding them; to address miners’ specific needs they’ve introduced the NVIDIA CMP product line for cryptocurrency mining.

What is the exchange rate between Ethereum and vintage memes? In 2011, Christopher Torres uploaded a video entitled Nyan Cat to YouTube and it became a viral sensation. In 2021 that pop tart rainbow-trailing space cat is a blast from the past—internet lore concentrate. An auction for a single edition “remastered” version of the 12-frame GIF is now live on the Foundation NFT (non-fungible token) marketplace. Bidding just opened, we’re about to see how much nostalgia is worth. Update: Nyan Cat sold for 300 ETH ($575,000 USD)

“It turns out my release of six CryptoArt works consumed in 10 seconds more electricity than the entire studio over the past two years.”
Joanie Lemercier, on the staggering environmental cost of crypto art. In an impassioned op-ed published on his website, the French artist slams leading market platforms for inaction and a lack of transparency and calls for a crypto art boycott until the issue is addressed. “The first platforms to solve this issue will lead the community,” he writes, “and drive artists, collectors away from the irresponsible, non-ethical ones.”

Enjoying a productive ’retirement’ after its contribution to the Dark Energy Survey, The Dark Energy Camera (DECam) has captured one of the deepest images ever taken of Messier 83, a barred spiral galaxy nicknamed the Southern Pinwheel that is 15 million light-years away (i.e. our next door neighbour) in the southern constellation of Hydra. “Six different filters … and 163 DECam exposures, with a total combined exposure time of 11.3 hours, went into creating this portrait,” the researchers reveal.

“When a curator kept demanding to hear the artist speak, she just got on and said ‘none of us have any capacity left to perform 24/7’ and then left the room.”
Addie Wagenknecht, sharing a telling exchange from a recent Clubhouse chat. “That was maybe the most seen I’ve felt in the last year.”

Eyebeam Rapid Response fellows Tega Brain, Alex Nathanson, and Benedetta Piantella launch Solar Protocol at Eyebeam’s “From the Rupture: Ideas and Actions for the Future” festival. One of eight presented projects, Solar Protocol is a web platform hosted on a “naturally intelligent network” of (currently) five solar-powered servers that automatically directs traffic to whichever server is getting the most sunlight. How the website is rendered (media resolution, etc.) depends on the active server’s battery charge and customizations made by local server stewards. You can become one here.